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Posted on: January 23, 2024

Council adopts ADA Transition Plan for City facilities

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JAN. 23, 2024 - Council has adopted the Americans with Disabilities Act Self Evaluation and Transition Plan – reaffirming its commitment to making Allen an accessible place to live, work and play. In 2023, Allen Parks & Recreation Department...

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Posted on: January 9, 2024

New west Allen neighborhood development approved

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JAN. 9, 2024 - Council approved plans for a new neighborhood development at the intersection of Custer Road and McDermott Drive. Located on the northeast corner of the intersection next to Allen Fire Station #5, the neighborhood will feature new trails th...

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Posted on: December 12, 2023

Turf to be replaced at Allen Station Park

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DEC. 12, 2023 - Four turf softball fields at Allen Station Park will soon have their surfaces replaced with newer synthetic and reinforced turf. Despite staff conducting routine maintenance to prolong the life of the current turf playing surface and repla...

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Posted on: November 20, 2023

Community Enhancement presents annual report

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NOV. 14, 2023 - More than a hundred Allen residents received rent/utility assistance and help with urgent repairs thanks to a federally-funded grant administered by the City of Allen.

The Community Development Block Grant is a federally funded program oper...

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Posted on: November 20, 2023

City purchases new cybersecurity services

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NOV. 14, 2023 - The City organization’s cybersecurity just got an upgrade after Council approved the purchase of a new cybersecurity software subscription. This subscription is included in the IT Department’s annual budget for a total ...

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Posted on: November 20, 2023

Repairs coming to sewer line over Cottonwood Creek

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NOV. 14, 2023 - A 50-year-old sewer line crossing Cottonwood Creek will soon be repaired. Over the past several decades, the line has developed small cracks and holes that need more permanent repair. $350,000 from the Water and Sewer Fund annual budget ha...

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Posted on: October 27, 2023

Allen eliminates citywide juvenile curfew

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OCT. 10, 2023 - City Council has eliminated the City’s juvenile curfew ordinance. This change conforms to the updated State of Texas code that prohibits municipalities from enforcing ordinances that impose curfews on persons younger than 18 year...

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Posted on: October 9, 2023

Allen Fire Department acquires new training software

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SEPT. 26, 2023 - A new virtual fire training software has been purchased by Allen Fire Department. This new software simulates fire emergencies and includes the development of virtual urban living structures, an office/warehouse structure and will integra...

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Posted on: September 22, 2023

Council approves TxDOT funding agreement for Rowlett Trail sections, trailhead at Molsen Farm

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SEPT. 12, 2023 - A new funding agreement with TxDOT has been approved, allowing federal grant funds to help pay for the construction of the north and south segments of Rowlett Trail. 

A total of $3.2 million in grant funds will be used for this pr...

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Posted on: September 22, 2023

New playground, shade structure coming to Country Meadows Park

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SEPT. 12, 2023 - The Country Meadows Park playground will soon be replaced with a new play structure. At the same time the new play structure is being installed, a new shade structure will also be added to the playground.

The current playground was constru...

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Posted on: July 18, 2023

Multi-Family Licensing and Inspection Program updates fees

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JULY 11, 2023 - The Multi-Family Licensing and Inspection Program ensures the health, safety and high-quality living of occupants of apartment complexes and the general public through inspections and proper licensing.

During the past year of the program&am...

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Posted on: July 18, 2023

Upcoming trail segment to connect Allen and Plano trail systems

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JULY 11, 2023 - A contract for the design of the southern extension of Watters Trail has been approved. This trail segment will connect the hike and bike path to existing Plano trails and Allen’s future Rowlett Trail.

Watters Trail currently ends...

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Posted on: July 18, 2023

Construction contract for Allen’s dog park approved

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JUNE 11, 2023 - The Bark Yard, Allen’s upcoming dog park, will soon begin construction after councilmembers approved a contract with Cole Construction, Inc.

Construction of the park will be paid for using Community Development Corporation (CDC) f...

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Posted on: March 27, 2023

Sidewalk Maintenance Ordinance now includes needs-based program

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FEB. 28, 2023 - City Council approved new amendments to Allen’s Sidewalk Maintenance Ordinance that includes a new financial assistance program for qualifying Allen homeowners.

The ordinance splits the cost of neighborhood sidewalk repair 50/50 between app...

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Posted on: January 25, 2023

Fitness equipment and food service equipment secured for Stephen G. Terrell Recreation Center

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DEC. 13, 2022 - Stephen G. Terrell Recreation Center (STRC) is another step closer to completion with funding approved for fitness and food service equipment.

Team Marathon Fitness and Advanced Exercise were selected to provide STRC fitness equipment at a ...

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Posted on: January 25, 2023

New fiber platform contract and new fiber lines to be installed at STRC and Fire Station 6

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DEC. 13. 2022 - The City will add two new leased fiber lines to serve Stephen G. Terrell Recreation Center (STRC) and Fire Station 6 with Council’s approval of a new ten-year contract with Unite Private Network (UPN).

Seven City facilities were upgraded wi...

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Posted on: January 25, 2023

Allen Police and Fire Departments to receive new public safety equipment

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NOV. 8, 2022 - City Council has approved the purchase of several new pieces of public safety equipment.

Allen’s Police and Fire fleet will soon receive new vehicle routers and antennas, which will provide integrated GPS systems to help dispatchers improve ...

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Posted on: October 7, 2022

Allen Parks and Recreation wins $4 million grant for trail planning

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DEC. 14, 2022 - On December 8, Allen Parks and Recreation was awarded a $4 million grant to help fund its work connecting Rowlett Trail to the regional trail system.

Every other year, the North Central Texas Council of Governments offers the Transportation...

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Posted on: October 7, 2022

Council approves Parks and Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan

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SEPT. 27, 2022 - City Council approved a new Master Plan that will serve as a guide for future parks and recreation planning in Allen. The 2021-2031 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan was developed by Allen Parks and Recreation, in conjunction w...

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Posted on: August 1, 2022

Allen approves lease agreement for new body-worn cameras

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JULY 12, 2022 - Allen Police Department will enter a five-year agreement with Motorola Solutions to lease 162 body-worn cameras, including associated equipment and services, in the amount of $596,888.

The department purchased new body-worn cameras in 2017....

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Posted on: June 21, 2022

Allen adopts 2021 International Building Codes

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JUNE 14, 2022 - Every three years, the International Code Council (ICC) publishes a new set of building codes which provide the minimum standards for safe construction. City of Allen currently operates under the 2018 version of these Codes. This week City...

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Posted on: June 21, 2022

Council votes to continue curfew for juveniles ages 10 to 16

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JUNE 17, 2022 - City Council held a public hearing and vote to continue the existing juvenile curfew in Allen for kids ages 10 through 16. The curfew was originally established in 2007 and must be reviewed every three years, in accordance with state law. ...

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Posted on: May 13, 2022

Rolling Hills Park moves forward with planned upgrades and expansion

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MAY 13, 2022 - Council approved a contract with Cole Construction, Inc., for the renovation of Rolling Hills Park in the amount of $1,766,267. The existing park property combined with the purchased park property will transform Rolling Hills Park into over...

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Posted on: May 11, 2022

New cardio equipment coming to Allen recreation centers

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MAY 11, 2022 - Allen recreation facilities soon will replace the existing cardio fitness equipment. Approved by Allen CDC and City Council, the new purchases will focus on ellipticals, upright bikes and recumbent bikes at Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium and Joe...

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Posted on: May 11, 2022

Contract awarded for construction of Fire Station 6

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MAY 11, 2022 - Council approved a construction contract for Fire Station 6 in the amount of $11,247,190, not to exceed $14,974,976. Funds are sourced from $9.945 million approved by Allen voters during the 2016 bond election. Located at Ridgeview Drive an...

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Posted on: April 5, 2022

Parks and Open Space Master Plan update

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FEB. 25, 2022 - During the City Council Workshop, Allen Parks and Recreation Director Kate Meacham provided an update to councilmembers on the Parks and Open Space Master Plan. This document is built on community input to help staff identify and address t...

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Posted on: April 5, 2022

Secure parking features approved for Allen Police Headquarters

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FEB. 25, 2022 - Council members approved a $600K construction agreement to install parking lot walls and fencing at Allen Police Department (APD) Headquarters.

The design creates increased security for employees while maintaining public access and parking....

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Posted on: April 7, 2022

Council approves Inclusive Improvements for Bethany Lakes Park

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FEB. 11, 2022 - Allen City Council approved inclusive improvements for the play equipment at Bethany Lakes Park.

Recent movement within the playground industry has focused on all-inclusive and adaptive play amenities for individuals of all abilities. While...

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Posted on: October 15, 2020

New renderings of Terrell Recreation Center revealed

Artist rendering of modern recreation facility with glass rotunda and wide welcome deck

OCTOBER 15, 2020 - Allen Parks & Recreation is sharing a glimpse inside the future Stephen G. Terrell Recreation Center.

Parks & Recreation Director Kate Meacham revealed new interior renderings from BRS Architects during the October 13 Ci...

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Posted on: April 29, 2021

VIDEO: Allen City Television debuts "Project LIFE"

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APRIL 29, 2021 - A new, monthly video series highlights projects and updates from Allen's Parks and Recreation Department.

In this month's episode of Project LIFE, learn about:

  • Ridgeview Trail project
  • New cricket pitch
  • Spirit Park
  • Weed sprayi...
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Posted on: February 3, 2021

Find your way with new trail signs!

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FEBRUARY 3, 2021 - Allen Parks Foundation unboxed 22 new trail signs to be placed at trail intersections this month. The 6-foot monuments and wayfinding sign placards are planned at every trail intersection. They designate major trail names with color cod...

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Posted on: December 14, 2020

Allen named #2 safest large city in Texas

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DECEMBER 14, 2020 - New rankings from AdvisorSmith examined crime reports published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to understand which cities in Texas have the lowest levels of reported crime on a per capita basis.

Allen was one of 39 larg...

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